A FATHER and son who teamed up to burgle a north Cumbria restaurant have been handed suspended prison sentences.
Carlisle Crown Court heard how the unoccupied Rahi Waterloo at Aglionby, near the city, was targeted by four men on the afternoon of May 14 last year.
CCTV showed three men forcing entry while their partner in crime kept lookout. The trio were seen to leave after removing some loot from the premises before returning to collect more.
Anthony William Gargett, 39, was witnessed on the footage wearing blue disposable gloves during the raid, while his son, 23-year-old Jordan, was later linked to the crime by fingerprint evidence.
Alcohol, cash and an Acer electronic tablet worth a total of several hundred pounds were snatched during the break-in. Prosecutor Zoe Dawson told the court how the owner improved security in the aftermath but “eventually felt so stressed he decided to sell the business”.
County Durham duo Anthony William Gargett, of Ferens Terrace, Shildon, and Jordan Gargett, of David Terrace, Coronation, Shildon, each admitted burglary and were sentenced today (WED). They were each given 12-month prison sentences, suspended for two years, along with 150 hours’ unpaid work and six-month night-time curfews.
A third man involved, 23-year-old Nathan Dixon, of North Bitchburn, near Crook, County Durham, also admits burglary, and is due to be sentenced at the crown court later this week.